The Reading Strategies Unit – “Charles” by SHirley Jackson
- Text – Language of Literature
- Pages – S21-S27
We used this story, “Charles” by Shirley Jackson, to get kids to reactivate the knowledge they have about Reading Talents (Strategies):
- Questioning – the natural inclination to ask questions because of what is presented in the story; this is a foundational skill that feeds all others
- Connecting – the skill of connecting to things outside the story, either other forms of artwork or personal experiences
- Visualizing – the skill of visualizing what is presented through the skilled techniques of the writer
- Predicting – the natural inclination to posit what the events in the story NOW could mean to the story LATER
- Analyzing – looking at the parts to underatnd the whole, OR vice-versa
- Clarify – the skill of focusing our perception of what has happened with what is going on in order to gain a clear understanding of the story unfloding
We read the story aloud in class and identified – at any moment during the reading – where we could have been using a reading talent (strategy).
After reading students worked in groups to design a poster on an assigned Reading Talent (Stretgy).